Michael Compston - HND Mechanical Engineering

About Michael

Michael Compston

Former HND Mechanical Engineering student

Currently working as a Technical Services Engineer with Westfield Caledonian.

My name is Michael Compston, I’m now 26 and in 2014 I began studying a HND in mechanical engineering at Glasgow Kelvin college.

I had always wanted to go into engineering from a young age with my strongest subjects in school being maths and physics and my passion for learning how things work it felt like an obvious choice.

As a school leaver it was incredibly daunting moving into higher education, but the people I met in my course are still close even nearly 10 years on.

I chose to study at GKC mainly for the location, with the great public transport links into the college it was incredibly easy to get to.

The best parts about the course we’re always the hands on parts, and the lectures abilities to relate the theories learned in classrooms to physical aspects in the workshops.

The college itself was incredible as well with a large library and modern computers to assist in your studies it was a great aid, also the ties the college had with Glasgow Caledonian university were also a massive help as we were enrolled onto the direct access into 3rd year of the MENG(Hons) program we were allowed access to the 24 hour study space at their campus just down the road from the Springburn campus which was amazing for our study groups.

This course was exactly what it was advertised and the perfect stepping stone to a career in engineering.

I am now working as a technical services engineer with Westfield Caledonian conducting audits and producing reports on water quality and air quality for buildings, as well as consulting with clients as to how to improve their environmental quality control measures.

My advice to anyone considering this course would be to go for it the help and support that the college is able to offer can allow anyone who really want to achieve success, the ability to graduate with a HND and offers the perfect stepping stone to get back into education if a degree is your end goal.


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